Nick Jarrett-Kerr Consulting & Edge International
Organization Type: Consulting Firm
Position/Title: Solicitor, Law Society of England & Wales. Principal, Jarrett-Kerr Consulting and Partner, Edge International
Functional Area: Consulting, Education, Management
Year of Induction: 2014
Office 108, Coombe Lodge
Blagdon, North Somerset BS40 7RE
Nick Jarrett-Kerr LL.B is a specialist adviser to law firms and professional services firms world-wide on issues of strategy, governance and leadership development as well as all important business issues facing firms as they compete in difficult market conditions. Nick is a member of Edge International, a leading global consultancy to law firms. In the last twelve years, he has established himself as one of the leading UK and international advisers to law firms. He has been involved full-time in professional service firm management for over twenty years.
He is a regular writer and speaker on management and leadership topics with an emphasis on strategic and business planning, as well as issues of governance and structure, partner compensation and strategy execution. Prior to becoming a consultant, Nick (who is a UK solicitor by training) was for eight years the Chief Executive Partner of Bevan Ashford, a leading regional firm in Great Britain, during a period of enormous growth starting in the depths of the 1989-1992 recession.
In the last few years, he has consulted to firms in more than twenty countries on four different continents on issues relating to strategy, governance, mergers, equity/ownership structures, partner performance, succession issues, profit sharing and other business-critical matters.
Nick is the author of Law Firm Strategy – After the Legal Services Act published in November 2009 (Law Society Publishing) and of the recent best-selling Special Report Tackling Partner Underperformance in Law Firms published in October 2011 (Ark Group). Nick has a regular monthly column in the Managing Partner Magazine in which he writes on matters in the front of the minds of managing partners. Much of Nick’s written work is available on his website and blog at www.jarrett-kerr.com. Nick is currently Visiting Professor at Nottingham Trent University where he leads the strategy modules for the Nottingham Law School MBA strategy modules.
CITATION UPON INDUCTION INTO THE COLLEGE
Nick Jarrett-Kerr is a true thought leader who inspires all of us in law practice management to be better. He is an outstanding example of what it means to be a professional. Since 1994, first in his role as Chief Executive of a fast growth UK law firm, through 2014 as a consultant, writer, speaker and academic, Nick has been and is a role model. Known for his ability to work with partnerships through their most challenging issues in a style that is more jazz than classical, he has a unique ability to adjust with the rhythm in the room while staying focused on the outcome. Nick is a tireless innovator who looks at concepts discovered in the corporate world, and considers thoughtfully how they might apply to professional services.